Keeping and re-using seed

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How can I ensure a crop of potato seeds?

Background: I did an experiment where I put the cut seed potatoes directly onto a live lawn, and then covered with 4" of premium bark mulch. The plants did exceptionally well, and I noticed that a ...
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How long do cherry seeds store for?

I read on this website that: Store the jar of cherry seeds in your refrigerator for 8 to 12 weeks. Cherry seeds, and trees, require a period of cold, usually 90 to 150 days each winter. The ...
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Can I successfully cross-pollinate different species of Aloe?

Okay, I have the big guy from this question, and the little guy from this question. I believe, from their different growth habits, flowers, and mature sizes that these are different species. I have ...
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How viable will 5 year old or 25 year old bush bean seeds be?

My Grandfather bred a bush bean for my Grandma. They've been gone for years, but I would like to try and keep the breed alive for heirloom purposes. I've got two sources of seeds, 1 source is about ...
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Growing onions from an onion

I would like to experiment on growing onions form an onion, instead of buying each year seeds, sets or little plants. I heard that planting one onion does not immediately gives more onions. Opposite ...
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How many basil plants required to produce seed?

I have 5 groupings of basil plants, each containing between 5-7 unique plants. I would like to produce enough seeds (say 100) to replant the same total amount of basil next season. I have throughout ...
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How long can I continue to pinch flowers from a basil plant

I have 10-15 50cm tall lettuce basil plants hanging in large flower pots over my balcony. They are approx. 14 weeks old. I have for about 4 weeks now been cutting the tops of the plants or pinching ...
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Picking, planting, and storing lily seeds

I walk my dogs around a number of different parks in the neighborhood. In each of this parks there are a number of flower beds with different color lilies. Some of them are still flowering while ...
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I have the flowers, but how can I get seeds from my basil?

My basil has produced very nice white flowers. It's still cold outside so I can't put the plant out and let nature take its course. How do I successfully obtain seeds from the flowering plant? Do I ...
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What happens if I forget to water seedlings?

Do my seedlings continue thriving by watering, if they were placed in a dry pot for a day or two without any water? This question may have a relation to "How do you water tiny seedlings". 1st Edit: ...
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What vegetables/seeds/fruits at the grocery store can be viably replanted?

I have a crude understanding that planted seeds should be non-hybrid non-gmo open-pollinated in order for their offspring to be as good as the parents. If I try to use organic produce from the ...
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How can I prolong a marigold?

A girl who's graduating just got a pot with a pretty little flower in it from her a capella group as a parting gift. She's about to fly away across the world, so she can't take it with her, so she ...
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How can I tell when my broccoli seeds are ready to harvest?

How can I tell when the seed pods of broccoli (assuming thats what these little things are) are ready to be saved for next seasons planting? Sorry the picture is so blurry, my phone would not focus ...
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How to prevent heirloom varieties from weakening?

I was told that heirloom varieties will start to 'weaken' after 3 or 4 seasons. I interpreted this as the plants will be weaker and produce less fruit season after season. What can be done to ...
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Do wild asters cross with domestic ones?

I would like to save seeds from my double lavender asters, I would like them to be pure, but I do not know if they will pollinate with wild ones. The nearest wild patch is about 100' from the plant. ...
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Can I make my Schlumbergera truncata (Thanksgiving cactus) produce seeds?

I would like to grow fruit on my thanksgiving cactus (also holiday cactus) so that I can save seeds, but I can never get them to start growing. How do I get my cactus to grow fruit?
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How do professionals save hybrid seeds?

You can buy hybrid seeds anywhere in large quantities and the plants all turn out about the same, but when you save seeds, they all turn out different. How do the professionals save the seeds? If I ...
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How do I collect annual Dahlia seeds?

I have an annual Dahlia and I would like to save some seeds for next year. I've heard it is easy, but I don't know how to do it. Most of the flowers have dropped their petals. The plants are about 8" ...
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How can I harvest my own grass seed?

I have a kind of perennial evergreen grass that I would like to spread around the yard. How can I save seeds from the plants efficiently ?
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How should mustard seeds be collected?

This is probably a simple question but I just want to know any common advice for collecting seeds from mustard greens. 4-5 self-seeded mustards (Brassica juncea) popped up in the autumn and I just ...
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How should I store my chili seeds for planting next year?

Should I let the chili mature on the plant, cut it open and take the seeds, dry them and store in a cold, dark and dry place? Or is there more to it than that.
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Is it possible to get a plant that is just a genetic dud?

Is it possible that an instance of a plant could just be a dud. As in even with great care it is never healthy?
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Why should I leave my coriander seeds on the plant to dry before harvesting?

I want to harvest the seeds from a Coriander/Cilantro plant. I would like to pick them now, but investigation on the internet suggests that I should let them dry on the plant. Why? The plant has ...
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How do I know when winter rye seed is ready to harvest?

I planted some winter rye last fall to hold a patch of soil over the winter. Planned to mow it, but spring came, summer came, and I still haven't cut it down. It's got beautiful fat seed heads on it ...
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Can I harvest vegetable seeds and store for the next year?

This discussion of seed storage got me wondering if it is feasible to harvest seeds from vegetables (I'm partial to tomatoes) as I cut them up for consumption. Generally, I buy seeds each year. But ...
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What is a proper container to preserve seeds?

I received seeds from various produces as a gift. They are in sealed paper bags, but they occupy a lot of space and I was thinking about opening the bags and putting the seeds into small transparent ...
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What is a good method for extracting the earliest-viable seeds from young pumpkins?

I am in need of a good strategy to extract the earliest-possible batch of seeds from an upcoming batch of white pumpkins (I may have a few available within a month). My main uncertainty is at what ...
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How do I prevent the seeds on my Japanese Maple from falling off?

I have a 6 ft tall 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple in my yard. It gets a lot of afternoon Californian sun, but the leaves are a nice color and are healthy. I wanted to collect some seeds this fall (to try ...